Year: 2015

THE WAGE AND HOUR PERILS OF OFF-HOURS SMARTPHONE USE

“Implicit compulsion” In the last several years, the courts have seen a flood of lawsuits in which groups of employees claim the time they spend reading and responding to e-mail should be considered work time and therefore paid.  In many cases, they’re successful. Employees are often are expected to check their e-mail, and it’s not …

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COMBATING THE HIGH COST OF ABSENTEEISM

Unscheduled absenteeism costs American businesses billions of dollars every year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are myriad potential costs to take into account, including:  Overtime; Paid Sick Days; Use of temporary or “relief/reserve” employees; Reduced productivity; Poor quality of goods or services resulting from replacement workers’ inexperience or fatigue; Administrative costs associated …

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL ELIMINATING CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACT

Notice of Pay Rate On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc.  Legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed to make this change effective …

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